The Power of Praise


Most of you have either read or heard of the book the “One Minute Manager” by Ken Blanchard and Spencer Johnson.  This was one of the first management books that I read.

Occasionally, I will pick this book up and read a chapter or two to glean from the wisdom within it’s 106 pages.

Today, I read the chapter on one minute goals.  The section that jumped out at me was; helping people I work with to reach their full potential, by catching them doing something right.

I have read this book many times, and know that I can grow my staff this way, but fail so often to do it.  It is not that I do not do it, it is that I do not do it often enough.

The One Minute Praising works well when you:

1. Tell people up front that you are going to let them know how they are doing.

2. Praise them immediately.

3. Tell people what they did right – be specific

4. Tell people how good you feel about what they did right, and how it helps the organization and the other people who work there.

5. Stop for a moment of silence to let them “feel” how good you feel.

6. Encourage them to do more of the same.

7. Shake hands or touch people in a way that makes it clear that you support their success in the organization.

Simple, right?  I am printing this out and keeping it in my office where I can see as a reminder to “Praise” more often.

Take the challenge and make those you work with feel great about what they do today.


7 thoughts on “The Power of Praise

  1. I particularly like the reference to stopping for a moment of silence. Allowing them the opportunity to let the good feeling sink in is a step I know I miss. Thanks for the reminder!

  2. I guess sometimes we feel it may come across as patronising, but when it’s a habit the recipients of the praise will soon learn to take it for what it is. 🙂

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